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Leptospirosis widespread

Dr Julie Collins-Emerson 5:00am Doctors can be slow to recognise the disease leptospirosis, especially those in cities, but doctors working near meat plants have more awareness.

River quality raises passions

Philip Hartridge (dairy farmer), Russell Phillips (dairy farmer), Allan Benbow (company director) and Tracey Collis (dairy farmer and Tararua District councillor). 5:00am Outside the mercury may be falling, but indoors the atmosphere heats up as a trio of farmers passionately debate the future of dairying.

China needs more NZ milk

Fonterra milk powder packing robot. New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of a big jump in Chinese milk imports by 2020, a report says.

Texts save farmer's life

Hawkes Bay farmer, Ken Miller, sits on the half tonne concrete lid that trapped him by the arm. Trapped in a stream at the bottom of a gully, Ken Miller thought he could lose an arm or even die.

Dairy rebound not certain

Milk powder Dairy prices have flattened after a 40 per cent fall, and volatility is tipped to continue this year.

Opinion poll

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Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Trim milk season not a disaster

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis. It is super trim season yes, but milk and disaster, no.

Can it be slowed?

It doesn't matter what your opinion is on climate change, it is happening.

Possible dairying scenario

Foreign ownership circus

China needs more NZ milk

Fonterra milk powder packing robot. New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of a big jump in Chinese milk imports by 2020, a report says.

Synlait reports strong demand

Synlait Milk says there has been strong global demand for its lactoferrin products.

New challenges sought

Appeal disappoints farmers

Dairy rebound not certain

Dairy prices have flattened after a 40 per cent fall, and volatility is tipped to continue this year.

Search sector's young leaders

Hunterville farmer Peter Fitz-Herbert A young NZ beef producer to get the chance to attend the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the US.

Good outlook for NZ meat

The New Zealand meat industry could be in for "rock solid" growth in China.

Up for the challenge

Little relevance for NZ

Ties to land endure

Third generation farmer resists the dairying drive and has found a way to profitably run sheep and cattle in an often harsh environment.

Master shearer title delight

Nathan Stratford Nathan Stratford thinks it's "pretty cool" to be named a master shearer.

Milk dairying for advice

Sheep farmers have a lot to learn from the dairy industry about feeding stock, according to former AgResearch scientist Tom Fraser.

Transparency in wool levy sought

Is there something in the water?

Sheep breeder honoured

Highly regarded ram breeder and founder of the kelso breed Roger Marshall has been recognised in the Sheep Industry Awards.

Northlander takers Young Grower crown

patrick malley Kiwifruit and avocado specialist Patrick Malley was named Young Grower of the Year last night.

The world's smallest apple

Kiwi-grown Rockits are officially the tiniest apple in the world.

Apples go like a rocket

Shortages predicted

Price of cereal grain buoyant

A limited carry-over of feed grain from last harvest is keeping up domestic demand and prices.

River quality raises passions

Philip Hartridge (dairy farmer), Russell Phillips (dairy farmer), Allan Benbow (company director) and Tracey Collis (dairy farmer and Tararua District councillor). Outside the mercury may be falling, but indoors the atmosphere heats up as a trio of farmers passionately debate the future of dairying.

Man pulled meat hook from face

A man who spent 90 minutes with a meat hook stuck in his head eventually pulled it out himself.

Texts save farmer's life

Insects under threat

Leptospirosis widespread

Doctors can be slow to recognise the disease leptospirosis, especially those in cities, but doctors working near meat plants have more awareness.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Raw Milk Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

Cows like to be cool, too

Drought planning pays off

IRD warning for dairying

Dairy farmers need to take action now to avoid high Inland Revenue interest being charged on tax owed for the season, warns a tax expert.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.